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q Outdoors / Operation Game Thief: 1-800-992-3030 Operation Cal-Tip: 1-800-952-5400 Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, May 29, 1997 27 Mule Deer Tag Quota Cut by Ed Tomchin The state Board of Wildlife Commissioners met May 10, and adopted a compromise between recommendations sub- mitred by Nevada Division of Wildlife and eight County Wildlife Advisory Boards, cutting 644 additionalmuledeer hunting tags from the earlier Statewide recommended total. ) In late April, NDOW proposed reducing the quota by 5,876 tl is year, with the majority of the reduction, 3,577 tags, coming from management area 10 in the Ruby Moun- tains of Elko County. It was reported that above-normal losses of fawns this past winter, along with a higher than expected buck harvest in 1996. lead to the decision to recommend a reduction in the quota for the Ruby Mountain area. A combined total of 1,288 tags was recommended to be cut by advisory board members in Humboldt, White Pine, Pershing, Eureka, Lander, Nye, Churchill and Lincoln coun- ties. Howe vex, the commission voted to adopt only one-half of the proposed reduction in each managenmnt area as requested by county boards. The commission approved issuing atotal of 21,176 mule ess tag quotas. The NDOW's recommended quota of 98  bighorn sheep tags for residents levelofll for no.-resid0000ts. A torah .... ae available,  less than 1 Photo Fancy by Ed Tomchin Previous photographic articles aimed more or less toward the enthusiastic amateur who has a substantial investment in camera gear and spends a great deal of time behind the lens. But how about those who just want something a little bit better than the standard old snapshots when out camping, boating, hunting, hiking, or any other activity? These people usually own cameras ranging from a $200 point and shoot to a $8.95 disposable. Is there any hope for them to take better pictures, pictures worthy of being enlarged, framed, hung, given as gifts? You bet there is. THE CAMERA gives the photographer a versatile tool with which to capture his or her personal vision. That vision, however, and framing it in the viewfinder are all in the person behind the camera lens. Some very beautiful and award win- ning photographs have been taken using nothing more than a primitive pinhole box camera. The picture always remains in the eye of the photographer. Most point-and-shoot cam- Award winning photo of hawk eras have a fixed wide-angle lens, which isperfect for most pic- tures. Two primary advantages of a wide-angle lens are its fast speed and its depth of field. The speed allows photographs to be taken in virtually every lighting situation, even dusky light. The extreme depth of field gives the camera a broad range of focus, generally from about 4 feet to infinity. ANTICIPATE THE PHOTOGRAPH. If your subject is moving, position yourself at an angle of 45 degrees or less to the line of motion to eliminate blur from movement. This will also give you a more interesting perspective of the subject. If the subject is moving over rough terrain, such as a hunter or skier, move ahead and above or below. Place yourself in a prime position capture the subject in action from a different perspective. CREATIVE COMPOSITION. Take your picture from an angle usually not seen. Avoid straight on shots. They're boring. Climb a tree or rock. Lay low on the ground. Take a unique perspective on your subject. If your subject is a hunter, get behind them. Frame the picture from behind and slightly to the side, looking down the length of the rifle at the target. Or put yourself in front 30 degrees to the trigger side of the shooter. Don't stand in the line of fire to get a picture, though. You both might shoot at the same time. PRACTICE COMPOSING PICTURES by cutting a 4 inch by 6 inch rectangle out of the center of a piece of stiff cardboard 8 inches by 10 inches or bigger. The cutout is the same proportion as 35mm film. Hold the frame at the distance where the view is approximately the same as what you see through your camera's viewfinder. Then use the frame to sample different views and perspec- tives before taking your picture. Practice looking at different views and perspectives until your eye begins to see scenes in these proportions. FRAMING YOUR PICTURE. This is a different kind of framing. Here you are looking to place something in the foreground (nearest the camera) that will frame or give depth to your sub- ject. For instance, you can frame your picture so an overhanging tree branch drapes across one cor- ner of your viewfinder. In the desert, a nearby stand of cactus or large outcropping of rock can serve the same purpose. What this does is give depth to your photo- graph and makes your subject more interesting. You can also shoot from a low angle to use small cactus or flow- ers to frame your picture. Any framing such as this will make yourphotos more appealing. Get creative. Try to come up with different natural objec! to use as a frame around your subject. With most point and shoot cameras you won't have selec- tive depth of field to eliminate distracting backgrounds, but you do have control over where you photo by Ed Tomchin are when you take the picture. Position yourself so as to elimi- nate ugly backgrounds. Don't have trees and telephone poles growing out of your subject. Come in closer or take a different angle to eliminate busy and distracting backgrounds. Never place your subject smack in the middle of the frame. This makes for a boring picture. Show your subject in context with the surroundings. A good rule of thumb is to mentally create a tic-tac-toe cross hatch grid in your viewfinder. Place your subject at one of the four intersections. This simple trick will make your pictures seem to come alive because it in- volves the subject in the environment. Horizons should never be straight across the center of the picture. Try placing them both high and low. See the different effect this placement causes. Pick the one that pleases your taste, but stay away from deadcenter boring photos. LIGHT can be almost magical if experienced at the right time of day. Avoid taking pictures between 10 am and 3 pm whenever possible. The sun is simply too high in the sky during these times and will make your pictures appear flat and lifeless. Most photographers consider the two hours after dawn and the two hours preceding sunset as the best times to shoot. The sun is low in the sky at both times, creating shadows which give depth and life to your pictures. Use these times to take your best shots. These simple techniques have been used by professionals for years to get prize-winning photographs. If used creatively they can help you(produce photos which stand head and shoulders above the common snapshot. Try them and watch your pictures lightup. Fishing Report by Geoff Schneider Nevada Division of Wildlife LAKE MEAD -- Anglers generally chose to stay away from the lake over the Memorial Day weekend because of the large volume of holiday visitors and boaters. Striped bass and largemouth bass fishing were good prior to the weekend. Both the Boulder Basin and Overton Arm were producing fish. Some of the better success for stripers has been taking place north of Boxcar Cove, Burro Point, the Hemenway Wall, Pumphouse Cove and Pyramid Island. There have also been reports of stripers being caught at the Meadows in the Overton Arm. Largemouth bass are still being pulled from brush in coves. Boaters are also finding them along sheer cliff walls. LAKE MOHAVE -- Trout and striped bass fishing have been slow at Willow Beach, despite last week's trout plants. Some stripers have been caught around the 43 mile marker. Lots of boaters, but few anglers visited Cottonwood Cove over the weekend. Fishing was good for small stripers in the narrows above Cottonwood prior to the weekend. WAYNE E. KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGE- MENT AREA -- Sporadic success continues to be found for rainbow trout at Cold Springs and Haymeadow reservoirs. Largemouth bass fishing has been good at Haymeadow and Adams-McGill reservoirs with the bigger fish coming from Haymeadow. EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR -- Fishing re- mains good for rainbow and brown trout. Stream fish- ing from brown trout is fair below the reservoir. ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR -- Good fishing is being found at the Lincoln County State Park for rainbow trout, largemouth bass and crappie. Small jigs are the ticket for catching crappie while trout are being taken with Powerbait and nightcrawlers. SCHROEDER RESERVOIR -- Anglers report finding good success for rainbow trout during the Memorial Day weekend. Fair action for small rainbows is taking place in the stream below the lake.